The church of Christ in Media is one of
thousands of churches of Christ across the nation and around the world.
The church of Christ endeavors to serve God with the same simplicity
that characterized His faithful church in the first century. As the
body of Christ, we recognize Christ as our Head by believing in his
word as the only authority in religion, by actively teaching the world
about Christ and his kingdom, by encouraging and supporting other
Christians, and by trying to provide for the spiritual needs of our
Are there any unique teachings of the
churches of Christ?
First, we must emphasize that the church of
Christ does not create its own doctrine. Why? Because all of our
beliefs can be found within the pages of the Bible. Many religious
institutions create their own teachings, thereby making their church's
authority greater than the authority of God's word. The churches of
Christ, however, seek to follow the teachings already set forth in the
The seed principle
Our emphasis on Bible authority is seen in
"the seed principle." In Luke 8:4-8 Jesus used a parable often referred
to as the "parable of the sower." In explaining that parable, Jesus
said, "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God." In the
parable, when the seed, the word of God, was sown in the noble and good
hearts of certain hearers (vs. 15), it "yielded a crop a hundredfold"
(vs. 8). This simply means that honest hearts who heard the gospel were
willing to obey it. If seed reproduces after its kind - and it does -
then God's word today should produce just what it did almost 2000 years
ago. We believe that if that same gospel seed is sown today, it will
produce Christians-nothing more and nothing less-just as it did in the
The Priesthood of all believers
In the body of Christ there is no
clergy/laity distinction. Every Christian is a priest (1 Peter 2:5, 9).
Every Christian is to involve himself or herself in offering "spiritual
sacrifices" to the Lord (Romans 12:1-2). In Christ "There is neither
Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male
nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28)
Though there are different functions within the body of Christ (e.g. 1
Corinthians 12), all of its members are to be united in purpose and
duty. Thus, in Christ, all Christians are equal.
We worship every Sunday: we study God's
word, pray, participate in the Lord's supper, give a free-will
offering, and sing without the addition of musical instruments. Our
singing-without-instruments has, perhaps, been the focal point for more
questions than other aspects of our worship. Christians should believe
and practice only what God has designated. Colossians 3:17 makes it
clear that our actions must conform to the will of Christ. Scripture
yields evidence that the early church was commanded to sing, with the
only accompaniment being that of individuals' hearts (Ephesians 5:19;
Colossians 3:16). History records that early believers followed God's
word and did not use instruments in worshipping God.
Communion (the Lord's Supper) Every Sunday
Following the example of early Christians in
the first century, Christians today meet to worship God on the first
day of every week. As part of our weekly worship, we partake of the
Lord's Supper, or "communion." We do this every week because the New
Testament clearly indicates that the early Christians did so to obey
the Lord's will (See Matthew 26:26-30; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Corinthians
16:1-2; Acts 20:7)
When did the church of Christ begin?
The church of Christ began in the first
century, on the first Pentecost following the death, burial, and
resurrection of Jesus Christ. You can read about its beginning in the
second chapter of the book of Acts.
Where did the church of Christ begin?
The church began in the city of Jerusalem.
The place (and time) of origin was predicted by Old Testament prophets
centuries before it began. (See, for example, Isaiah 2:1-4; Acts
Who started the church of Christ?
According to Matthew 16:18, the church was
to be founded by Christ. In this verse Jesus said, "Upon this rock I
will build my church." The Bible recognizes Christ, and Christ alone,
as the head of the church. (See 1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 5:23.)
The Church of Christ is undenominational
A "denomination" is a fraction of a whole.
Some people feel that each respective denomination is a part of the
whole church. The Bible teaches, and faithful members of the churches
of Christ believe, that there is only one church belonging to Christ,
and that this church should be united in beliefs and practices rather
than divided. (See Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:4; 1 Corinthians 1:10.)
The Bible teaches unity in Jesus Christ, but the only way to achieve
true unity is to follow Him and to be a part of the church He
established. Denominations founded by human beings can never provide
fellowship with the Christ.
No head but Christ - no creed but the
Christ's church does not need any creed or
catechism because the Bible alone provides everything we need to know
to serve God. There is no human authority to which the church of Christ
turns for doctrine or direction. Christ, as the founder of the church,
is its only head. (See Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18.) He guides
and directs the church through His word, the Bible. (See Hebrews 1:1ff)
Emphasis on Bible study
Because the Bible is inspired by God (2
Timothy 3:16-17), we believe that it is authoritative (Psalms 33:4;
John 17:17) and capable of producing faith in the hearts and minds of
its readers (John 20:30-31; Romans 10:17). We maintain that the Bible
can be understood by those who want and try to understand it (See
Matthew 13:23; 15:10; Mark 7:14).We believe that its meaning can be
agreed upon by those who honestly and sincerely desire the truth. Our
emphasis on studying the Bible comes from simply realizing that God's
word, the Bible, was given to save us from sin (Acts 11:14; James 1:21;
1 Peter 2:22-25). If understanding God's word and then obeying it can
save a soul from sin, why wouldn't everyone want to study it?
How does one become a member of the Media
church of Christ?
One becomes a member of the church of Christ
when he or she voluntarily obeys God's word and becomes a Christian.
This happens when a person develops faith in Christ as the Son of God,
repents of sin and decides to live in complete submission to God,
confesses Christ, and is baptized into Christ for the remission of sins
(see John 3:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 22:16). When the gospel
of Christ is obeyed in this way, one is added by the Lord to the church
of Christ (Acts 2:47). This person is now a Christian, and is free to
work and worship with any faithful congregation of the Lord's church
around the world.
May I attend the worship services and
Bible classes of the Media church of Christ even if I am not a member?
Of course! We welcome you to attend any of
our worship services and Bible studies. When you do come to visit us,
we do not ask you to accept what you hear just because we say so; we
encourage you to examine everything you hear and make certain that it
is taught in the Bible (Acts 17:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:21).